Don’t miss chance to have your say on future of Belper’s health services

Babington Hospital in Belper.
Babington Hospital in Belper.

Residents are being reminded to have their say on the future of Belper’s health services, as part of an ongoing consultation.

NHS Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is currently considering the future of Babington Hospital which has been described as difficult to convert to meet modern needs due to its size and age.

The CCG is urging residents to give their views as part of the consultation - launched earlier this year - on how and where health services could be delivered in the future.

Dr Ian Lawrence, a GP and governing body member of the CCG, said: “We’re reviewing services in Belper to understand how we can give patients the best care and services and make the most of the latest improvements in knowledge and technology.

“We’re encouraging people to give their views and share their experiences so we can take it all into account when we make plans for the future.

“We’re proud of southern Derbyshire’s healthcare and are doing this work to make sure we continue providing high-quality, safe and effective services.”

The CCG has distributed questionnaires in GP practices, shops, cafes and at Babington Hospital.

People in Belper and the surrounding area can also answer the questionnaire online by visiting www.southernderbyshireccg.nhs.uk/have-your-say/belper-health-services.

A CCG spokesman said: “It is quick and easy to take part as there are only ten questions covering topics including what improvements you would like to see; what you think is most important about your services and whether you look after anyone with any health issues or have any health issues yourself.

“People filling out their questionnaire do not need to give their name in order to submit their views.”

The spokesman added: “The CCG has already agreed to invest an extra half a million pounds annually in GP and community services across Belper and the surrounding area to support people to stay at home or as close as possible to maintain their independence and quality of life.

“And Community Support Teams are already up and running to provide health care for people with complicated needs as near to their home as can be.

“Each team has a care 
co-ordinator who brings together all the relevant services that are needed to support a patient, including district nursing, social services, mental health and voluntary organisations.”

The CCG represents 56 GP practices and is responsible for the healthcare of 540,605 people. It is one of four CCGs in Derbyshire.